Æva Mannvit

So last night I’m out cruising around in High-Sec giving the Shadow of the Serpent event a try in my Machariel. I’m sticking to low-traffic systems and am not having much issue with competition for the sites, even getting some courtesy with Capsuleers warping out of the site if they land in it after me. The Machariel is clearing the sites quickly and I’m having a bit of fun with the new PvE content but then reality hit and lessons were learned.

How did I die? A fella warped into the site right on top of me while I was smartbombing the Frigates and I got Concorded. How could I have avoided that dumb loss? I guess there are a few things I could have done differently – turning my safety on may have helped or if I had moved off the beacon he wouldn’t have landed on top of me – but the most important thing I learned from that loss is that using smartbombs in ‘public’ High-Sec PvE sites is just plain stupid – DON’T DO IT!

I’ll likely do a few more of the Shadow of the Serpent sites (sans smartbomb), maybe just enough to get that first level of reward, the Copper Ouroboros which requires 10,000 points. In all honesty while I do like the diversity of the challenges I’m not at all stoked on the points grind.

I took advantage of the daily Thrill of the Hunt reward, it was easy and quick to undock and blow up one rat, maybe a little to easy for the reward given, but this event is feeling a little too skewed towards the grind. I ran a few dozen sites last night, finished about a half dozen challenges and that took me at least two maybe closer to three hours and I think I was still below 2,000 points.

For me that is not enough reward for the time put in. It will be interesting to see how others react and how CCP adjusts their events to that reaction… hopefully they can find a solid balance of grind/reward/fun/content?

We’ll see.

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Hvat Mega þinn Gera

What can you do with 10,000 Skill Points? Well I did some research and figuring and have come up with this chart based off EVEMon numbers that shows the Skill Points needed for each Skill Level for every Rank. I did find it interesting that there are no Rank 11, 13 or 15 Skills, wonder why?

Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3 Rank 4 Rank 5 Rank 6 Rank 7 Rank 8
Level 1 250 500 750 1,000 1,250 1,500 1,750 2,000
Level 2 1,165 2,329 3,493 4,657 5,822 6,986 8,150 9,314
Level 3 6,585 13,171 19,757 26,343 32,928 39,514 46,100 52,686
Level 4 34,255 74,510 111,765 149,020 186,275 223,530 260,784 298,039
Level 5 210,745 421,490 632,235 842,980 1,053,725 1,264,470 1,475,216 1,685,961
Total 253,000 512,000 768,000 1,024,000 1,280,000 1,536,000 1,792,000 2,048,000
Rank 9 Rank 10 Rank 11 Rank 12 Rank 13 Rank 14 Rank 15 Rank 16
Level 1 2,250 2,500 3,000 3,500 4,000
Level 2 10,479 11,643 13,972 16,300 18,629
Level 3 59,271 65,857 79,028 92,200 105,371
Level 4 335,294 372,549 447,059 521,568 596,078
Level 5 1,896,706 2,107,451 2,528,941 2,950,432 3,371,922
Total 2,304,000 2,560,000 3,072,000 3,584,000 4,096,000

Looking at these numbers you can see that 10,000 Skill Points can actually get you quite a lot. You could instantly shoot up a Rank 1 Skill to Level 3 or a Rank 2 through Rank 7 Skill to Level 2. If you saved up your Daily SP for 25/26 days you could boost a Rank 1 Skill to Level 5 or you could save them up for an entire year and work a Rank 14 Skill to Level 5.

What do you plan on doing with your Daily SP?

Me? I’m gonna bank them for awhile and then I think I’ll take a look at fleshing out some Support Skills maybe?

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

 

Hverr Dœgr

Next week the first recurring opportunity will hit New Eden, you will be able to gain a daily boost of 10,000 unallocated skillpoints for your first non-capsuleer kill of the day.

More official information:

There is lots of chatter about this, two threads up on reddit with 400+ comments and growing:

 

What’s my stance (as if I’m important and it really matters 🙂 )? 10,000 SP a day to shoot a Rat… so if you do that every day for a year you’ll end up with 3,650,000 ‘free’ SP – I’ll take it!

 

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam